Literature, Theory, History by J. HartLiterature, Theory, History by J. Hart

Literature, Theory, History

byJ. Hart

Hardcover | October 5, 2011

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This book discusses literature, theory and history in close relation. Its main focus is on comparative literature and history, culture, poetics, rhetoric, theatricality, genre and gender, and balances close reading with theory and historical context.
JONATHAN HART Professor in theDepartment of English and Acting andDirector of the Program in Comparative Literature at theUniversity of Alberta, Canada.
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Title:Literature, Theory, HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:265 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.89 inPublished:October 5, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113397

ISBN - 13:9780230113398

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Table of Contents

Comparative Literature Comparing Empires Literature and Culture Otherness and Authority Historicism, Feminism and the Poetics of Difference Poetics and Poetic Worlds Literature, Theory and After Between History and Poetry Translating Las Casas Comparison, Conquest and Globalization

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"With respect for the 'messiness' of the text - another name for its irreducibility to other purposes - Hart considers the migratory history of literary studies in our time. His praise of comparison as a way of seeing lifts the discussion out of interdepartmental debates, and his history of the worldwide career of Las Casas demonstrates the unpredictable force of texts engaging with otherness." - Haun Saussy, University of Chicago and author of The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic and Great Walls of Discourse"Hart (English and comparative literature, Univ. of Alberta, Canada) gives a history of comparative literary theory as affected by post-colonialism and globalization. He discusses the theory of the literature of conquest and the history of criticism as it examines race and "othering." He considers the key to his book to be "poetics and rhetoric, representation and the art of persuasion" and examines poetry in detail because of the coding the poetic voice uses and that voice's indirect relationship with the reader. Hart insists that interpretation is as old as Plato. Many (David Lodge comes to mind) would argue that criticism exists to support certain incestuous circles (English literature departments arguing for their own existence). However, Hart sees theory as a way of understanding poetry, theater, and literature. He asks for close reading and an understanding of the ways global literature speaks to other work and across cultures; he looks for reading and understanding to work in the context in which the work was written. In other words, he argues that before criticizing a writer or a work of literature, the reader must know history. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty" - Choice